The Stabilized Soil Block (SSB) Press by Makiga is a manual press machine that produces stabilized soil blocks (SSB). This can be various shapes, interlocking (ISSB) or non-interlocking. Makiga proposes that the press can produce blocks used for affordable housing, water storage and sanitation solutions.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Stabilized Soil Press can be used on a construction site or a small production facility.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Distributions to Date Status
Hundreds of thousands of construction machines have been exported.
Yes, it weighs 130kg.
Raw materials used
Recommended water content (ratio)
Induced pressure (Mpa)
The press has a compression force of 80-100kN, which is approximately 2.5MPa on the brick surface.
Finished unit dimensions
Rate of production (units/hour)
500, in an 8 hour day with 4 workers.
Curation duration (days)
14 (wet curing for 7 days, and then dry curing for another 7)
Not suitable for cold climates unless necessary vapour barriers and insulation can be added. On their own ISSBs and CEBs do not hold up well to freeze/thaw cycles and have a low thermal insulation capacity.
To manufacture an ISSB using this press, first the soil, cement and water is mixed. The ratio varies depending on the desired outcome. The mix is then placed inside the press and the lever is pushed down to compress the block. After this, the lever is turned to the other side to lift the block out of the press. The brick should be sprayed with water for the next seven days in order to cure it. Finally it must be left to dry cure for another 7 days. The press has four designs to create blocks of different shapes.
- Standard Straight ISSB
- Wide Straight ISSB
- Standard Non-Interlocking SSB
- Curved ISSB1
|Type of block
|Straight double interlocking block
|Curved double interlocking block
|Wide format interlocking block
|Straight simple interlocking block
|Grooved double interlocking block
The purchase includes training on operation and maintenance and an illustrated manual.
It uses motor oil for lubrication. Repair can be made locally with welding and scrap materials.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Produce stabilized soil blocks as strong as concrete blocks, in a low cost, eco-friendly and durable way. In an 8 hour day with 4 users, the machine should be able to produce 500 bricks.
Vetted Performance Status
The machine must be placed on a leveled surface so there is no risk of it tipping over. Only trained personnel should operate it.
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